According to a study in Skin Hero, Aloe Vera is the most searched skincare ingredient in the world. Aloe vera is known to work wonders for your skin and is a key ingredient in many beauty products, from hair care to skincare. Dating back to ancient times, aloe vera was used in speeding up healing and treating burns, making it's powers familiar to most people already. With benefits ranging from sealing in moisture, to being a natural anti-inflammatory, there’s no wondering as to why aloe vera is the most conversed skincare ingredient.
Aloe Vera’s Effect on the Skin
In its natural form, aloe vera comes in a thick gel-like consistency and can be applied directly from the plant. In beauty products, aloe vera's gel is added along with other ingredients to treat the skin with a plethora of benefits. Most commonly, aloe vera is used to hydrate dry skin. Aloe vera’s composition of mainly water gives the skin a boost of moisture and is also able to seal in that moisture. Aloe vera is also effective at fighting off signs of aging, with aloesin, a compound that helps lighten dark spots. Aloe vera also stimulates the production of collagen, which keeps the skin firm and elastic, decreasing the appearance of wrinkles. The anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties in aloe vera have been shown to reduce acne and redness. More surprisingly, aloe vera is also an exfoliant. The antibacterial properties in aloe vera make it cleansing and help in flushing out impurities from your pores. Aloe vera’s versatility is what makes it such a powerhouse of an ingredient that will remain to be loved for the skin.
Aloe Vera for the Hands
With the hands being one of your most-used body parts, there’s no surprise they can get so dry and chapped, especially as cold weather rolls in. Aloe vera is one of the best natural ingredients to combat this. The healing, soothing, and nourishing effects of aloe vera can combat dryness while improving the nails and cuticle’s health. No-greasiness is a guarantee with aloe vera as it sinks deep into the skin. The vitamins, minerals, and acids in aloe vera can also help in strengthening brittle nails and keeping cuticles hydrated which is important for nails to grow. Broken skin, nails, or cuticles can quickly be healed with the regular application of aloe vera due to its accelerated healing powers. Paired with other natural oils and ingredients, like in our Camel Milk Hand Cream, aloe vera can be a magnificent ingredient to include in your hand care routine.
Aloe Vera for the Feet
Cracked heels and severe dryness can all make it that much more painful to walk from place to place. Even worse, most people deal with feet infections that can cause itchiness and bad odor. Aloe vera has antibacterial properties and salicylic acid, both amazing at treating fungus from athlete’s foot and other foot conditions. Those who suffer from dry skin on their feet leverage the intense moisturizing benefits of aloe vera, especially as an overnight treatment to wake up with refreshed and soft feet. Not only will aloe vera deeply nourish the feet, but it will also restore it to its former softness with regular massages into the feet. You can even use aloe vera in a foot cream, like our Camel Milk Foot Cream, as a preventative measure for dry, infected feet.